Female Health

Herbs to Avoid During Preconception & Pregnancy

  • Sterility Promoters
  • Implantation Preventers
  • Menstrual Promoters
  • Herbs That Stimulate Uterine Contractions
  • Herbs That Stimulate Menstrual Flow
  • Herbs High In Volatile Oils, Which Can Stimulate or Irritate The Uterus – These herbs are safe for culinary use, but should be avoided as therapeutic oils.
    • Eucalyptus oil
    • Nutmeg
    • Basil
    • Catnip
    • Clove oil
    • Lemon balm
    • Marjoram
    • Oregano oil
    • Peppermint oil
    • Pennyroyal
    • Rosemary oil
    • True sage oil
    • Thyme oil
  • Plants High In Alkaloids, Which Can Stimulate The Uterus
  • Strong Herbal Laxatives
  • Strong Diuretics, Which Stimulate Elimination of Water
  • Others to Avoid:
    • Ginger*
    • Angelica
    • Arnica
    • Autum Crocus
    • Blood Root
    • Broom
    • Butternut
    • Calamas
    • Calendula
    • Coltsfoot
    • Cowslip
    • Bupleurum (chinease thoroughwax)
    • Damiana
    • Dong Quai
    • Ginseng
    • Goat’s Rue
    • Ipecac
    • Licorice
    • Lilly of the Valley
    • Lobelia
    • Male Fern
    • Mandrake
    • Periwinkle
    • Pleurisy Root
    • Sage
    • Sarsaparilla
    • Shepherd’s Purse
    • Stillingia
    • Thuja
    • Juniper berries (Juniperus communis)
    • Uva ursi (bearberry) (Arctostaphylos)
    • Aloe vera
    • Cascara sagrada
    • Purging buckthorn (Rhammnus catharticus)
    • Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum)
    • Senna (Senna Alexandria)
    • Yellow dock (Rumex crispus)
    • Castor oil
    • Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)
    • Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
    • Oregon grape root (Berberis aquifolium)
    • Agave (Agave americana)
    • Bethroot (Trillium erectum)
    • Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosus)
    • Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
    • Feverfew (in flower)(Tanacetum parthenium)
    • Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
    • Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)
    • Lovage (Levisticum officinale)
    • Marijuana female flowers (Cannabis sativa)
    • Mistletoe (Viscum album)
    • Motherwort (Leonurus cardicaca)
    • Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris)
    • Osha root (Ligusticum porterii)
    • Pennyroyal (Hedoma pulegiodes)
    • Poke root (Phytolacca decandra)
    • Pulsatilla (Anemone pulsatilla)
    • Rue (Ruta graveolens)
    • Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
    • Wormwood (Artemesia absinthum)
    • Yarrow (Achilea millefolium)
    • Birthwort (Aristolochia family)
    • Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
    • Cotton root bark (Gossypium herbaceum)
    • Ergot (Caulophyllum)
    • Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis)
    • Gotu kola (Centalla asiatica)
    • Ma huang (Ephedra sinica)
    • Peruvian bark (Cinchona officinalis)
    • Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota)
    • Rue (Ruta graveolens)
    • Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)
    • Elder (several varieties of the elder tree)
    • Smartweed leaves (Polygonum hydropiper)
    • Stone seed root (Lithospermum ruderale)
    • Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
    • Thistles (Cardus benedictus) (Cnicus ochroncentrus)

*Ginger has long been used to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. A review of ginger’s use as an anti-ausea remedy concluded that ginger is safe in pregnancy “provided normal doses are consumed.” S. Fulder and M. Tenne, “Ginger as an Anti-Nausea Remedy in Pregnancy